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The plot of Rape Fantasies by Margaret Atwood is all within the mind of Estelle who talks to the reader as she might to a new friend Estelles personality becomes exposed to us through the narration of her fantasies and lunchtime work experiencesWe are told of Estelles workplace where she is with her friends discussing their rape fantasies Examining Estelles world through her perspective of the conversation we find she is a game player both outwardly in playing bridge and in her relationship with herself I like to guess a persons age and then look it up to see if Im right I let myself have an extra pack of cigarettes if I am 31 This example of Estelles competitiveness is expressed in three other ways in the story First in her critical interpretation of Gretas and Chrisseys fantasies Estelle says to her friendreader that she is aware that Gretas fantasy rapist came from a show that they both had seen and also compares him to Tarzan in a satirical humorous way Her comment to Chrisseys bubble bath fantasy Anyway you might get bubbles up your nose from all the heavy breathing 32 appears to cause the other four women to become offended Second her thoughts and words will sometimes cut short the words of her co-workers as in this example Sondra was miffed too by this time she finished her celery and she wanted to tell about hers but she hadnt got in fast enough All right let me tell you one I said 32 Third this sort of personality domination is also seen in Estelles rape fantasies themselves In almost every fantasy that Estelle reveals to us she overcomes the rapist with her cool head and creative thinking otherwise she mentions physical attacks or force Her first fantasy describes how she tricks the rapist into helping her squirt lemon juice in his eye Then she tells us of the poor man who could
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